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Hart and Dej “Nokweed” Sriampai (husband and
wife team) have opened At One Fitness, a unique training
facility in the NoHo arts district. Robin’s dance
background along with Nokweed’s Muay Thai expertise
and their combined love for fitness inspired them to open
a gym that offered it all “At One” location.
a Hollywood native, has been in the dance and fitness world
for over 20 years. Professionally trained in New York and
L. A., Robin performed in many dance companies, videos and
commercials. Robin is now a personal trainer certified by
the National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council
of Exercise and has been featured in the Daily News, KTLA
news, and Shape Magazine!
former fighter from Thailand, has over 30 years experience
training and teaching. He is internationally recognized as
one of the top ring officials in the world and is one of the
most sought after instructors in the sport. Nokweed is the
founder of “Muay Thai School USA”(located within
“At One Fitness”) the only school that the WBC
Muay Thai and the Sports Authority of Thailand endorses.
One Fitness is a state of the art facility with top of the
line cardio, strength and martial arts training equipment.
The gym additional has a full size boxing ring, a 1300 sq.ft.
class room with a sprung hardwood floor, great sound system,
lockers, showers, free parking and more. All teachers are
of top quality and fitness, dance and muay thai classes are
available for all levels with no membership required. Please
call (818)980-6688 or visit www.AtOneFitness.com
or ring name Nokweed Lookpranboon is a retired Muay Thai boxer
from Sarabari, Thailand. He was one of the fighters from Lookpranboon
camp, before it was taken over by “brother” Noi
Vuthisopaporn, and the name was changed to Lookprabat.
been over 18 years that Nokweed has lived in America and although
life wasn’t always easy for him in the earlier years,
everything changed because of his knowledge in Muay Thai.
Even though he left fighting to pursue higher education at
Kasetsart University, his over 100 fight experience in the
provinces became a deep well of knowledge, which could be
passed on to others.
not only became a Muay Thai Kru (teacher) in America, but
he also became a very competent referee and judge. Nokweed
has been campaigning to have full Muay Thai rules be accepted
for many, many years. And now several states including California
and Nevada have finally accepted full Muay Thai rules.
is a licensed referee and judge by the athletic commission
of California, Nevada, Arizonia and also is licensed by the
Sport Authority of Thailand and the WBC Muay Thai. In addition,
in February 2006, Nokweed along with the WBC Muay Thai held
the first American referee seminar and in May 2006 the first
Muay Thai seminar in Mexico.
Muay Thai is not only about fighting. Muay Thai is about learning
about ones self and learning respect. Muay Thai includes a
traditional Wai Kru dance which shows respect to the fighter’s
parents, teachers, king and religion. Nokweed’s desire
is to continue to help Muay Thai grow in popularity around
the world and to show the world the true art and heart of
Hart is a certified personal trainer.
Certified by :
The National Academy of Sports Medicine
• American Council of Exercise
• The Wellness Foundation
• Senior Fitness Association.
• Specialty in Fibromyalgia
in Hollywood, Ca. Robin has been in the fitness field for
over 20 years. After attending Hollywood High for two years,
she moved to North Hollywood and attended North Hollywood
High. As a student she auditioned and received scholarships
from Dupree Dance Academy, Westside Ballet and Broadway Dance
Center. Once she became a professional dancer she danced/assisted
choreographed with such groups as the New Jersey Symphony,
George Lucas Productions and Princess Cruise Line as well
as several videos and national commercials such as Nike. While
on tour dancing, her father was diagnosed with heart disease
and diabetes in his early forties. Even though the doctors
told her father for years to change his diet and to exercise,
without the support of a personal trainer or classes, he failed
to change his behavior. This eventually took his life by age
58. At the same time Robin was diagnosed with arthritis in
her left hip. This happens to a lot of dancers who over train.
This made Robin determine to learn as much as she could about
the body. She decided to leave her life as a dancer and become
a fitness trainer. Robin determined to help as many people
as possible to achieve good health and quality of life.
has now been a fitness trainer in North Hollywood for 15 years.
Even with a full client list Robin wanted to reach out to
more people. Robin began Hart’s Fitness Camp to encourage
people at any level of fitness to reach their goals. She gives
her participants a wide variety of exercises, a group support
system and fitness and nutritional knowledge. She has been
featured in Shape Magazine and the Daily News.
Robin Hart intends to keep helping people in her local community.
With her new business venture At1 Fitness, she hopes to encourage
people to reach their fitness potential, enjoy dance &
martial arts, and give them a road map to achieve their goals.
Julian Turner talks to a Muay Thai devotee from Saraburi
who has built a new gym in Los Angeles
Published: 21/06/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Sports
It's a long, long way from the Saraburi countryside to the
bright lights of Hollywood and Dej "Nokweed" Sri-Ampai
has had to overcome many obstacles before opening his own
Muay Thai gym in Los Angeles.
NEWVENTURE: Nokweed’s gymin California.
The 48-year-old was born into a working family in Phra Phutthabat,
boxed as a teenager and slept at Wat Maha That Yuwarat Rangsarit
while studying for an agricultural degree at Kasetsart University.
After completing his studies he travelled to the USA in
1988, but the trip turned into an education of a different
kind when he was forced to work a series of menial jobs
to make ends meet.
"I'm not a city boy but I was able to adapt and I wasn't
afraid to work hard," said Dej.
"The first job I had was as a care assistant for handicapped
people, then I worked in a 7/11 and also drove a cab.
"I was living from day-to-day but it helped me adjust
quickly to life over there.
"You can do what you want in the USA. You can be a
bad person if you want because the bars and casinos are
open all night. But if you want to work hard and try to
succeed then you can do that too."
Dej soon headed to Hawaii to put his education to good use
by working on an orchid farm before travelling around the
USA in search of a place to call home.
He eventually settled in Los Angeles and began teaching
Muay Thai to martial arts fans, although he described how
when he started out the discipline was virtually unknown
in the States.
"Karate and Kung Fu were popular and nobody really
know much about Muay Thai but the popularity of Mixed Martial
Arts has really pushed the sport into everyone's minds
"MMA is huge in the USA and the stand-up aspect of
that sport is basically Muay Thai.
OFFICIAL: Dej ‘‘Nokweed’’ Sri-Ampai,
right, raises a fighter’s arm in LA. Pol General Kovid
Bhakdibhumi is stood at the left.
"Muay Thai proved itself to be a system that works
and MMA fights are now basically Muay Thai while the fighters
are on their feet and Ju Jitsu while they are on the ground.
"People in MMA are also trying to keep the fighters
on their feet for as long as possible because that is what
fans want to see and that benefits us more too."
Nokweed believes that fans of Muay Thai and those who like
MMA are very different.
"Muay Thai fans respect the sport, its history and
the relationship between teachers and students while MMA
supporters seem to just want to watch a fight," he
"I teach respect at my gym and I tell my pupils that
they should not only want to become fighters, they should
also learn all about the background of Muay Thai and what
He said that in Los Angeles there are more than 100 gyms
teaching Muay Thai but less then five of them are run by
His is the first to be recognised by the Sports Authority
of Thailand and he has close links with WBC Muay Thai.
Nokweed also became the first Thai to be approved by the
California State Athletic Commission and is involved in
professional boxing with the WBC.
The former boxer conducts training seminars and is often
selected to work on fight promotions in various capacities.
Last year he was chosen by the WBC to travel to Mexico to
work as an official when Thailand's Devid Lookmahanak fought
Jorge Arce in a bull ring in front of 18,000 fans.
"The atmosphere was incredible and it was a real experience,"
Now, his immediate focus is on his gym, Muay Thai School
USA, which is on Weddington Street 10 minutes away from
The gym also contains full weights facilities and even a
ballet dancing section which is run by his wife.
He said 400 people signed up when he first opened and he
has attracted people of all races.
But this isn't just a flight of fancy as Nokweed has staked
his future on the gym being prosperous.
"It has taken a lot of hard work to get this far so
I hope this all works out for me," he said.
"When I decided to open the gym I wanted it to be the
best it could be.
"All my working life I have tried to do my best, I
didn't just want to open a gym for the sake of it. This
means a lot to me.
"We teach people self-defence, fitness and about Thai
culture and then hope they will tell their friends about
the experience so that they also join."
Nokweed made a big step by opening the gym but was also
hit hard by the death of his mother soon afterwards.
He said he had always hoped that she would have been able
to visit and see what he had achieved, but was now concentrating
on working hard in her memory.
"I hope she would have been proud of what I am doing,"
With his determined attitude and a firm intention to represent
Thailand positively in the USA, it looks like many more
people could also have a good reason to be pleased with
what Dej is trying to accomplish.